If the grass looks greener on the other side… Stop staring. Stop comparing. Stop complaining and start watering the grass you’re standing on.
- discover your professional purpose and embark on a career path you are proud of
- take action on your goals and dreams
- pursue what you truly love doing
- learn and apply productive goal achievement strategies that work
- become more productive, efficient and effective
- quit bad habits and revamp your lifestyle
- become more confident and break away from limiting beliefs
- reconnect with your inner self and true genius
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Pioneered by the research of Barbara Frederickson, the theory of “Build-and-Broaden” shows that positive emotions increase the number of potential behavioural options. When this is applied in the workplace, it is clear that focusing upon strengths yields much greater performance and results. At The Coach Approach, we encourage you to heed the advice shared by Peter Drucker:
“Waste as little effort as possible on improving areas of low competence. Concentration should be on areas of high competence and high skill. It takes far more energy and far more work to improve from incompetence to low mediocrity than it takes to improve from first-rate performance to excellence. And yet most people, and equally most teachers and most organisations, try to concentrate on making an incompetent person into a low mediocrity. The energy and resources – and time – should instead go into making a competent person into a star performer.”
Most of us know our failures personally, on a deep level. But what about if your life has turned out to be bigger, brighter, sparklier than you ever could have imagined? What would make 13-year-old you delighted, if not disbelieving? Maybe you have the job you never thought attainable, you prima ballerina/doctor/patisserie owner/rocket designer you. Maybe you have the greatest partner in the world, or five cats, or a late-discovered but amazing faculty for acquiring new languages. Escribe, por favor.
It is a well-documented fact that we are far more likely to fulfill our potential by focusing on our strengths rather than on our weaknesses. In the words of Peter Drucker, renowned management consultant: “It’s the abilities, not the disabilities, that count”!
Awareness of our character strengths can be a really helpful tool for building capacity – going from first-rate to excellent. Understanding character strengths is also essential for developing new paths for engagement, satisfaction and fulfillment on the job. Last but not least, this approach can also be used for problem-solving. Experience this for yourself and for your team by trying these 3 simple steps:
1) Identify your top character strengths using the free VIA online test (www.viasurvey.org)
2) Identify a problem that you need to deal with
3) Ask yourself how you can apply your specific character strengths to solving this problem
“The real tragedy in life is not that each of us doesn’t have enough strengths, it’s that we fail to use the ones we have.” (M. Buckingham and D. Clifton in Now, “Discover Your Strengths”)
Flow has been defined as the state of being fully engaged and in the present, merging awareness and action. How would you like to increase the amount of flow in your life, to be “in the zone” more often? According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the renowned author and flow expert, there are four essential conditions for flow:
- Clear goals (for direction and structure, making it possible to perceive progress)
- Immediate, clear feedback (preferably from the activity itself: e.g. the PowerPoint presentation is completed)
- Passion (a no-brainer!)
- An appropriate level of difficulty (producing a balance between perceived challenges and perceived skills)
At the Coach Approach, we specialize in helping our clients form clear, specific goals which enable flow. If a goal is too easy it will lead to boredom and apathy; if it is too difficult it needs to be “chunked down” into manageable parts so that it becomes realistic and achievable. In other words, they are supported to move towards peak experience and peak performance. What can you do today to bring more flow into your life?
A recent post in the Executive’s magazine Business Leadership Management (BLM) states: “Brains? It doesn’t necessarily mean a high IQ. It means curiosity, common sense, wisdom, imagination, and literacy.”
Sounds like a perfect description of coaching, as practiced by our team at The Coach Approach! Bolstered by our innate curiosity, we support our clients in exploring their best outcomes and ways to realize them. The results? A process which fosters deepening awareness of where they are now (common sense); where they want to get to (imagination); and a variety of possible ways to get there (wisdom).
Awareness – acceptance – actions … brain power incorporating emotional intelligence = the best support for your professional development!
Want to hone in on what’s important, get focused and define your dream?
Then follow these steps!
1. Focus and evaluate, what’s your present situation concerning key areas of your life, is that ok?
2. If it’s not ok then what do you want? (Think dreams and goals and give yourself permission to think BIG!)
3. Set those Goals in the positive and make them S.M.A.R.T. – that’s Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timed
4. Hold yourself accountable by using a Coach to keep you on track.
Use these 4 steps to put yourself in the driver’s seat for achieving success as you define it.
2014 – CLAIM IT!
In his address to the graduating class at Stanford, the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs wrote:
“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
The Coach Approach specializes in training and coaching with a focus on values. Once your tribe is connected to goals with personal meaning, transformation and success are on their way!
“I know some people say “Keep your eyes on the prize,” but I disagree. When your eyes are stuck on the prize, you’re going to keep stumbling and crashing into things. If you really want to get ahead, you’ve got to keep your eyes focused on the path.” ~ Russell Simmons from Do You!
Here at The Coach Approach we support you in clearly defining your personal and organizational goals and values – “the prize”. Then, starting with the end in mind, we help you to focus on the steps required to completely immerse yourself in doing your best moment to moment. Focusing on the effort, instead of the results of that effort, keeps your eyes on the path and leads to the prize!